By STEVE WIMMER
Ella House and Bailey Poole scored 16 points each as the Lady Hornets easily defeated Tell City here Monday night. The final score was 47-22.
“Our girls played hard tonight (Monday). I’m really proud of them for their effort and commitment to the defensive end,” HCHS coach Kevin Husk said. We forced 29 turnovers and scored 20 points off turnovers.”
Poole buried a 3-point basket and House and Alexis Gay scored to help give Hancock County a 9-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. Lily Roberts hit two shots and Layni Roberts hit one during a second frame that was all HCHS. House connected on 4 of 6 foul shots and the Lady Hornets defense held the visitors to six points.
Leading 25-13, the Lady Hornets began the third period with confidence. House scored four points on drives to the basket while Poole and Lily Roberts chipped in two points each. Hancock won the frame 8-4 to increase the lead to 33-17.
Poole splashed another “3” in the fourth and House, Lily Roberts and Ansley House all scored at the rim for HCHS. The girls held the Lady Marksmen to one field goal over the final eight minutes to secure the 25-point win.
“We had 26 points in the paint compared to the bigger Tell City’s 12. That kind of effort and toughness leads to us being a better team and not relying so heavily on our shooting,” Husk said.
Hancock shot 33% from the field and made 7 of 13 from the foul line. Tell City shot 22% from the field and were 4 of 6 from the stripe.
The Lady Hornets are moving in the right direction having now won four of their last five games.
Ella House had 16 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and four steals, while Poole scored 16 points with two boards, four assists and six steals. Lily Roberts had nine points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals, Gay had two points and four boards, Layni Roberts had two points and five rebounds, Ansley House had two points and three boards, Lilli Keown had two rebounds and Jadan Roberts had one.
Rylie Schroeder led Tell City with seven points.